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Fifa’s VAR bumbling hurt a World Cup in which the women’s game shone | Hope Solo

The greatest US team I have seen held off opponents who are rapidly closing the gap. Meanwhile, the game’s governing body hit a lowI had to wipe away a few tears as the final whistle blew on Sunday. It was emotional watching friends and former teammate…

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Megan Rapinoe attacks Fifa: ‘A terrible idea to put everything on the same day’ – video

Megan Rapinoe has taken a swipe at Fifa the day before her USA side play in the women’s World Cup final. ‘It is terrible scheduling for everyone.’ the co-captain said. She added: ‘Obviously there are two other finals going on but this is the World Cup …

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Megan Rapinoe attacks Fifa over World Cup schedule clash and prize money

• ‘Unbelievable’ Copa América and Gold Cup conclude on Sunday• USA star criticises women’s prize pot of $30m vs men’s $400mMegan Rapinoe has launched a scathing attack on Fifa, accusing the game’s governing body of “disrespecting” the women’s game by s…

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Fifa’s Gianni Infantino wants 32-team Women’s World Cup finals for 2023

• President calls for increase from 24 in current tournament• Infantino also proposes doubling prize money to £48mThe Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, has said he wants to expand the Women’s World Cup finals to 32 teams from 24 for the next edition in…

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Fifa opens disciplinary proceedings over Cameroon’s behaviour in World Cup loss

• Fifa will look into ‘alleged breaches’ of disciplinary code• Incidents occurred during 3-0 defeat to England in last 16Fifa has formally opened disciplinary proceedings against Cameroon over their players’ behaviour in Sunday’s Women’s World Cup defe…

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Fifa investigating Cameroon behaviour in World Cup defeat against England

• Fifa could retrospectively sanction Cameroon players• Referee Qin Liang’s performance given all clearFifa is holding a priority investigation, to be concluded within 48 hours, into the behaviour of the Cameroon team during their 3-0 loss to England i…

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Africa Cup of Nations needs action on field to provide good news | Nick Ames

The best players have made it to Egypt and some new names should make the tournament tight and competitiveThe blue and orange seats of Cairo International Stadium make an attractive spectacle and the playing surface, at least when set against the feroc…

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Fifa’s dirty laundry does not cause such a stench in murky times of today | Marina Hyde

In a world of pee tapes, poisonings and cybersecurity attacks, news such as Michel Platini’s detention does not feel quite the full-spectrum scandal it once would have beenI’m so glad that sporticidal Fifa president Gianni Infantino got to enjoy his se…

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‘I’m hurt’: Platini says questioning over Qatar World Cup was painful – video

Former Uefa president Michel Platini said he was hurt by questioning from French authorities after he was detained over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. Platini, who has never denied voting for the Gulf state in December 2010, was ques…

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Women’s World Cup hit by empty seats and Fifa’s warped priorities

Great on-field achievements at France 2019 are undermined by the governing body’s apparent undervaluing of the eventFrom fans finding pre-tournament that they would be seated separately from friends and family, to exaggerated ticket sales and overzealo…

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Michel Platini detained over award of 2022 World Cup to Qatar

Former Uefa president detained in ParisPlatini taken into custody as part of investigationThe banned former Uefa president and France football legend Michel Platini has been detained in connection with a criminal investigation into alleged corruption r…

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Women’s World Cup 2019: talking points from the first week of action

Fifa’s ticket policy, French sarcasm, colourful supporters and teams making their World Cup debut have grabbed attentionThe word on the street in Nice and Le Havre – well, mainly from the mouths of taxi drivers but they’re usually a decent barometer – …

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Pity the poor man who’s had the Women’s World Cup shoved down his throat | Marina Hyde

From Mr Inferior Product to Mr I Prefer Parks, the tournament has caused a cosmic imbalance that we must redressOnce again I am hugely grateful to the community that will not allow us to forget the great under-reported story of this Women’s World Cup: …

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Afghanistan’s football president banned for life for sexual abuse

• Keramuudin Karim fined a million Swiss dollars• Fifa says he abused his position of powerThe suspended Afghanistan Football Federation president, Keramuudin Karim, has been banned for life from all football-related activity and fined a million Swiss …

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Chelsea appeal against transfer ban to court of arbitration for sport

• Club due to be banned from signings for two windows• Move comes after Fifa rejected Chelsea’s appealChelsea have appealed to the court of arbitration for sport over the two-window transfer ban imposed by Fifa after the club were found guilty of breac…

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African football president under questioning over corruption allegations

• Ahmad Ahmad being questioned by French authorities• Official escorted from Paris hotel on Thursday morningFifa has confirmed that the Confederation of African Football president, Ahmad Ahmad, is being questioned by French authorities investigating co…

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Fifa aware of Afghanistan sexual abuse allegations two years ago, according to emails

• Fifa has said it was told of the claims in early 2018• Questions raised over Asian Football Confederation account tooFifa and Asian football’s governing body were made aware of sexual abuse allegations against senior Afghanistan football officials an…

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Lennart Johansson obituary

Former Uefa president who pioneered the Champions LeagueLennart Johansson, who has died aged 89, was president of Uefa, the European football association, for 17 years, from 1990 to 2007, during which time he oversaw its growth from an organisation wit…

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Gianni Infantino trumpets ‘new’ Fifa’s vast wealth at unopposed re-election | David Conn

Congress hears recitations of body’s eye-watering revenue and how ‘we have turned things round’ since corruption scandalsThe last time football’s world governing body held a one-candidate election for president was eight years ago when the winner, Sepp…

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Michel Platini rages from the sidelines as Infantino stands to keep Fifa crown

The banned former Uefa president claims there was a plot to stop him taking top job at Fifa but says he has no regretsAt the annual Fifa congress gathering in Paris, Gianni Infantino is set to be elected unchallenged on Wednesday for a second term as p…